This spring I’m dedicating my time to try and traveling as far and wide as I can in the US, on a cruise bike!
Step 1:(Complete): Purchase cruise bike
I’ve just bought an 82 Honda Magna v45. So far so good.
Step 2:(Pending): Save money, quit job….. Start living.
Right now I’m working full time to save money for my mind expanding adventure. I’m thinking around 2 or 3 thousand, not completely sure. My plan is to live bare minimum. Eat beans and sleep in a tent in some isolated camping ground. The major cost would be gas but lucky for me I’ve got a motorcycle and I plan on camping and meeting people rather than riding all day! So once I quit my job i’ll be completely free, as long as the money is their, I’ll be traveling.
Purpose of this post: KNOWLEDGE and HELP
I figured this website would be my best bet to find interesting ex or current travelers that have experience for my future expedition. If you have done anything similar and have advice, it is much seek’d. I’ve researched stealth camping and how to live off a pretty penny but more information never hurts.
If you are willing to let me bunk on the couch one night it’d save sleeping on a rock or two! My whole reason for this is to meet new and exciting people and if you are still reading this than you crave that excitement just as much as I do! Heck join me! (Email or reply if willing to let me stay a night: Konnerwelch@gmail.com)
Well that’s all. The ride won’t be for a while because of the expenses but nonetheless it’ll be one day in the near future!
@kwelch5528, That’s a cool bike.
@kwelch5528, Yeah, something I’ve been learning about recently. Some TLC before the trip and I’m positive it will. This reminds me of the TopGear episode in Vietnam, have you seen it?
@kwelch5528, Even worse, one of them rode in a little moped. Well, now you really have to see it… It will surely inspire you.
I highly suggest that if you make it to the Pacific Northwest then you need to make sure you follow the coast. You will hit Mount Saint Helens, and if you keep following the coast the Hoh Rain forest (Forks, Wa to twilighters….)
If you go through Idaho, which has a mysterious high desert beauty make sure you stop by Craters of the Moon, which is a national park that where the ground is naturally made out of lava rock. Sun Valley and north to Stanley are breathtaking as well.
I loved Portland, OR but east Oregon left much to be desired in my opinion. When in Oregon stay close to the coast.
Those are the only states I have spend the most amount of time on the roads.
Remember, don’t make up your mind. You are human, you are going to change it. When you keep your mind open the possibilities are endless.
Read Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance by Robert M. Pirsig. It’s a great book about a guy who travels across America on his motorcycle. It’s not your regular travel log. It’s one of the best books ever written. One of those life changing books.
@dudeimatraveler, Dude I want to be a traveler! Seriously suit up. Go grab an old motorcycle! We should totally partner up! I wouldn’t even consider myself an amateur traveler, (hopefully this trip will up my level.) so i’d be extremely nice to have a second opinion on everything. My plan is sometime this next spring, also you could join in whenever. Keep me updated on your decision, pretty much the plan is to see what the world has to offer and meet some crazy ass folks.
@begood2, Ah thank you, I’ll try downloading it because I doubt my local library has it. Definitely nice to have some guidance, especially the maintenance part.
Which brings up the next sad little speed bump in my adventure. Inspection failed…… I need to fix a fork seal which isn’t to big but just another thing to add to my massive list. @00123LMB, Hey I’ll check the areas out, I want to hit as many national parks as possible to see how crazy this ball of orbiting mass has to offer! Thanks much. @tanion, You jinx me! haha already need to pay for fork seal leak!
@dudeimatraveler, I read your Bio and it gave me more hope than anything before it! You sir have accomplished what I hope to! You need to teach me how to travel will near nothing and little expense. My plan was to start with the US but hopefully travel to other countries all on my motorcycle! Please fill me in more about your adventures! You have an email?
Mean while I’m here like “Maybe one day I’ll travel. But for the next 5 years I doubt I’ll do much travel apart from inner-city buses and walking.”
One day I want to ride a bicycle up (Or maybe down depending on where I am) the length of the country though.
@SFHardy, Hey I’m in the same shoes! I’m just getting the hang of the busing system. I recently became emancipated and left a small town to a big city. They are extremely complicated in my eyes and extremely fascinating! I’ve met some of the most interesting people while commuting on them.
“Everything is an adventure, just depends how you look at it.”
@kwelch5528, Glad to hear. Good luck man.
@kwelch5528, Hahaha yeah I know what you mean. I’ll be moving into a big city (in my eyes it’s big but actually it’s tiny from an international view point) quite soon. I’ve grown up in the country side on a farm with lots of forest. I used to spend a lot of time walking through the forest and finding “fascinating” things (like little blue mushrooms, random snails, various nature stuff). People always knew me as a guy who would never get lost in any forest but always gets lost in big shops (because I wasn’t used to them). Well now I *hopefully* get lost in neither :P
I love talking to random people on buses!